Managing and Analyzing Social Sciences Data

Author: John T. Kulas

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047022617X

Category: Computers

Page: 259

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Written by a highly experienced researcher and teachers, this book provides a much–needed guide to the proper use of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software in social research, particularly where data may not be presented in the most convenient way. The book focuses on data manipulations and covers the majority of real–world use of SPSS use. Among the book′s many unique features are its ′syntax diary′ method for organization of manipulations and analyses. Offers both novices and intermediate users a framework within which they can safely and comfortably work with SPSS.
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Author: Daniel J. Denis

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119465788

Category: Mathematics

Page: 224

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Enables readers to start doing actual data analysis fast for a truly hands-on learning experience This concise and very easy-to-use primer introduces readers to a host of computational tools useful for making sense out of data, whether that data come from the social, behavioral, or natural sciences. The book places great emphasis on both data analysis and drawing conclusions from empirical observations. It also provides formulas where needed in many places, while always remaining focused on concepts rather than mathematical abstraction. SPSS Data Analysis for Univariate, Bivariate, and Multivariate Statistics offers a variety of popular statistical analyses and data management tasks using SPSS that readers can immediately apply as needed for their own research, and emphasizes many helpful computational tools used in the discovery of empirical patterns. The book begins with a review of essential statistical principles before introducing readers to SPSS. The book then goes on to offer chapters on: Exploratory Data Analysis, Basic Statistics, and Visual Displays; Data Management in SPSS; Inferential Tests on Correlations, Counts, and Means; Power Analysis and Estimating Sample Size; Analysis of Variance – Fixed and Random Effects; Repeated Measures ANOVA; Simple and Multiple Linear Regression; Logistic Regression; Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) and Discriminant Analysis; Principal Components Analysis; Exploratory Factor Analysis; and Non-Parametric Tests. This helpful resource allows readers to: Understand data analysis in practice rather than delving too deeply into abstract mathematical concepts Make use of computational tools used by data analysis professionals. Focus on real-world application to apply concepts from the book to actual research Assuming only minimal, prior knowledge of statistics, SPSS Data Analysis for Univariate, Bivariate, and Multivariate Statistics is an excellent “how-to” book for undergraduate and graduate students alike. This book is also a welcome resource for researchers and professionals who require a quick, go-to source for performing essential statistical analyses and data management tasks.
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Scenario-Based Examples Using SPSS

Author: Carol S. Parke

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412997518

Category: Computers

Page: 265

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Carol S. Parke's Essential First Steps to Data Analysis: Scenario-Based Examples Using SPSS provides instruction and guidance on preparing quantitative data sets prior to answering a study's research questions. Such preparation may involve data management and manipulation tasks, data organization, structural changes to the data files, or conducting preliminary analysis. Twelve research-based scenarios are used to present the content. Each scenario tells the "story" of a researcher who thoroughly examined their data and the decisions they made along the way. The scenario begins with a description of the researcher's study and his/her data file(s), then describes the issues the researcher must address, explains why they are important, shows how SPSS was used to address the issues and prepare data, and shares the researcher's reflections and any additional decision-making. Finally, each scenario ends with the researcher's written summary of the procedures and outcomes from the initial data preparation or analysis.
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A Guide for Social Scientists

Author: Alan Bryman,Duncan Cramer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415340809

Category: Mathematics

Page: 367

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This text provides a non-technical approach to quantitative data analysis and a user-friendly introduction to SPSS. It takes the reader step-by-step through the techniques, reinforced by exercises.
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Eine anwendungsorientierte Einführung

Author: Marko Sarstedt,Tobias Schütz

Publisher: Vahlen

ISBN: 3800643626

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 196

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Der souveräne Umgang mit der SPSS Syntax bietet einen unschätzbaren Vorteil für die tägliche Arbeit von Anwendern, die mit der Analyse von Daten zu tun haben. Das Buch ist eine integrierte Einführung in die Steuersprache von IBM SPSS Statistics für Studenten, Forscher und Praktiker. Es behandelt neben den notwendigen Grundlagen die Themengebiete Datenaufbereitung, Datentrans-formation und -modifikation. Weitere Themengebiete umfassen die Makro- und Matrixsprache, die in der 2. Auflage deutlich erweitert worden sind. Die Neuauflage wurde von Grund auf neu bearbeitet und um zahlreiche typische Anwendungsbeispiele ergänzt, die anhand realer Daten u.?a. des J.?D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction Index veranschaulicht werden. Die zugehörigen Datensätze sind als kostenloses Zusatzmaterial im Internet erhältlich.
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A Guide for Social Scientists

Author: Alan Bryman,Professor of Organizational and Social Research Alan Bryman,Duncan Cramer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134327153

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

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This new edition has been completely updated to accommodate the needs of users of SPSS Release 12 and 13 for Windows, whilst still being applicable to those using SPSS Release 11 and 10. Alan Bryman and Duncan Cramer provide a non-technical approach to quantitative data analysis and a user-friendly introduction to the widely used SPSS. No previous familiarity with computing or statistics is required to benefit from this step-by-step guide to techniques including: Non-parametric tests Correlation Simple and multiple regression Multivarate analysis of variance and covariance Factor analysis The authors discuss key issues facing the newcomer to research, such as how to decide which statistical procedure is suitable, and how to interpret the subsequent results. Each chapter contains worked examples to illustrate the points raised and ends with a comprehensive range of exercises which allow the reader to test their understanding of the topic. This new edition of this hugely successful textbook will guide the reader through the basics of quantitative data analysis and become an essential reference tool for both students and researchers in the social sciences. The datasets used in Quantitative Data Analysis for SPSS Release 12 and 13 are available online at www.psypress.com/brymancramer/ .
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Author: Debbie Simpson,Mike Toyn

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0857253948

Category: Education

Page: 216

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The changing landscape of primary teaching requires trainees to consider learning and teaching in new ways. This book supports trainee teachers working towards primary QTS in teaching primary ICT across all areas of the curriculum. It takes a truly cross-curricular approach, highlighting meaningful links across the curriculum, and embraces the latest thinking and current good practice. A chapter on social networking and e-safety is included, giving essential guidance on this topical issue, and a section on developing your own skills in ICT focuses on strengthening trainees' subject knowledge. Throughout, interactive activities and case studies link theory to practice.
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Successful Strategies and Tools Developed by Practitioners in Student and Academic Affairs

Author: Marilee J. Bresciani Ludvik

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 157922914X

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 7547

This is a practical resource for community and two year college professionals engaged at all levels of learning outcomes assessment, in both academic and co-curricular environments. It is designed as a guide both to inform the creation of new assessment efforts and to enhance and strengthen assessment programs already established, or in development. Each chapter addresses a key component of the assessment process, beginning with the creation of a learning-centered culture and the development and articulation of shared outcomes goals and priorities. Subsequent chapters lead the reader through the development of a plan, the selection of assessment methods, and the analysis of results. The book concludes by discussing the communication of results and their use in decision making; integrating the conclusions in program review as well as to inform budgeting; and, finally, evaluating the process for continuous improvement, as well as engaging in reflection. The book is illustrated by examples developed by faculty and student affairs/services professionals at community and two year colleges from across the country. Furthermore, to ensure its relevance and applicability for its targeted readership, each chapter has at least one author who is a community college or two-year college professional. Contributors are drawn from the following colleges: Borough of Manhattan Community College David Phillips Buffalo State College Joy Battison Kimberly Kline Booker Piper Butler County Community College Sunday Faseyitan California State University, Fullerton John Hoffman Genesee Community College Thomas Priester Virginia Taylor Heald College Megan Lawrence Stephanie Romano (now with Education Affiliates) Hobart and William Smith Colleges Stacey Pierce Miami Dade College John Frederick Barbara Rodriguez Northern Illinois University Victoria Livingston Paradise Valley Community College Paul Dale San Diego Mesa College Jill Baker Julianna Barnes San Diego State University Marilee Bresciani San Juan College David Eppich Stark State College Barbara Milliken University of Akron Sandra Coyner Megan Moore Gardner
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Author: Chris Gratton,Ian Jones

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415268776

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 3268

This textbook is essential reading for those undertaking research into sport from a social science or management approach, either as part of an academic course, or for those employed within sport-related industries. It provides a step-by-step guide to the research process, from the concept stage through to the presentation of results. Throughout the book, the research methodology is brought to life through the use of relevant case studies and examples.
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A Practical Guide

Author: A.J. Veal,Simon Darcy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317691156

Category:

Page: 616

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Research can be a challenging but rewarding activity. All degree-level students studying sport, and all effective professionals working in the sport sector need to have a sound understanding of research methods and how to critically interpret research findings. This broad-ranging, in-depth and practical textbook introduces research methods for students on sport-related degree courses, outlining the knowledge and practical skills needed to undertake meaningful research and to become a knowledgeable consumer of the research of others. The book explores every element of the research process, from the fundamental ‘what, why and who?’ questions, through research plans, literature review, qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and data analysis, to the communication of research results. It offers a critical appraisal of alternative methods, including mixed methods, as well as clear guidance on how to use each particular method. Every chapter contains test questions and practical exercises, detailed case studies, a clear chapter summary and extensive guides to further sport-related study resources, to enable students to check their understanding and develop, extend and apply their practical skills. Step-by-step introductions to the use of the key statistical packages Excel, SPSS and NVivo in sport research are included. On-line support materials include some 400 PowerPoint slides and copies of data-sets used in the book. With deeper and broader coverage than any other sport-related research methods textbook, and a clear focus on ‘how to do it’, Research Methods for Sport Studies and Sport Management is an essential companion for any sport-related degree course.
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Author: Erik Stavnsager Rasmussen,Per Østergaard,Suzanne C. Beckmann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 164

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Research is the systematic process of planning, investigating, and understanding a phenomenon in order to find answers to specific questions. This book describes and explains the essential foundations of the research process in the social sciences. It is guided by the notion that there is no such thing as one general "best" method, but that the choice of method depends upon the research problem and the purpose of the research. Key features of the book include: -- setting the stage from a philosophy of science perspective that emphasizes the need to choose the appropriate frame of reference for a given research problem -- describing the mindset that is necessary to work in a scientific way and the rules that apply, regardless of whether the researcher is a first year student or writing a Ph.D -- explaining the importance of theories, models, and methods for a systematic approach to literature reviews, use of secondary data, and empirical investigations -- introducing the fundamental characteristics of qualitative and quantitative methods and their implications for data collection and analysis -- clarifying the issues of verification and reflection in the evaluation of research studies
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For Business, Management and Finance

Author: Les Oakshott

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137014326

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 512

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Quantitative techniques are fundamental to the correct interpretation of commercial reality, and can aid practical business decision making and problem solving. The fifth edition of Essential Quantitative Methods has been updated to suit the changing needs and environment of the contemporary student. It offers revised coverage of associated software, new case studies and expanded student material, yet retains its concise accessible approach, building on its established position as a core text on quantitative methods modules. New to this edition: • New case studies have been added, and others revised and updated. • SPSS and Excel techniques have been thoroughly updated in line with new software releases. • 'Did you know?' features provide additional information on related topics. • Expanded 'Key Points' sections at the end of each chapter reinforce learning. • Extended 'Further Reading' materials, a summarized bibliography and new advice on web searches and online source materials, offer added guidance. Essential Quantitative Methods is ideal for undergraduate and MBA students studying Quantitative Methods, Statistics and Managing Data.
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A Practical Resource for Students in the Social Sciences

Author: Duncan Cramer,Dennis Howitt

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761941385

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

View: 9597

The SAGE Dictionary of Statistics provides students and researchers with an accessible and definitive resource to use when studying statistics in the social sciences, reading research reports and undertaking data analysis.
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Applied Quantitative Analysis for Social Services (With exercises and instructions in SPSS)

Author: Vincent E. Faherty

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483316947

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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Compassionate Statistics: Applied Quantitative Analysis for Social Services (With Instructions for SPSS 14.0) is an attempt to "de-mythologize" a content area that is both essential for professional social service practitioners, yet dreaded by some of the most experienced among them. Using friendly, straightforward language as well as concrete illustrations and exercises from social service practice, author Vincent E. Faherty catapults students and experienced professionals to a pragmatic level where they can handle quantitative analysis for all their research and evaluation needs.
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Author: James Skinner,Allan Edwards,Ben Corbett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135147965

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 378

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Research methods courses have become a compulsory component of most degree programs in sport management. This is the first introductory research methods textbook to focus exclusively on sport management. Through the use of examples, cases and data taken from the real world of sport management it opens up a traditionally dry area of study, helping the student to understand the vital importance of sound methodology in their studies and subsequent professional practice. The book covers the full range of quantitative and qualitative methods across the whole span of the research process, from research design and the literature review to data analysis and report writing. Every chapter contains a range of useful features to aid student learning, including summaries, discussion questions and guides to further resources, as well as examples drawn from contemporary sport around the world. Research Methods for Sport Management is an essential course text for all sport management students and an invaluable reference for any sport management professional involved in operational research.
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implications for evaluation

Author: Judith M. Ottoson,Penelope Hawe

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 108

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This volume teams up familiar literature in knowledge utilization with related theories of diffusion, implementation, transfer, and translation. Each of these knowledge-for-action theories is reviewed for its disciplinary roots, assumptions about change, key variables, and contextual influences. Cross-talk among these heretofore parallel theories identifies priorities and implications for evaluation practice. This issue provides evaluators with multiple lenses to capture change, including a consideration of complexity, rather than succumb to single-discipline perceptions of value. If we think about the new knowledge enshrined within a policy or program under evaluation as the foreground, then complexity invites evaluators to think more critically about the background, that is, the dynamic properties of the setting or system into which a policy program is introduced and the implications this raises for evaluation. This is the 124th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Evaluation, an official publication of the American Evaluation Association.
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Author: American Evaluation Association

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 115

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This issue of New Directions for Evaluation addresses the topic of evaluation policy, especially how it is informed by and affects evaluation practice. An evaluation policy is any rule or principle that a group or organization uses to guide its decisions and actions when doing evaluation. Every group and organization that engages in evaluation, including government agencies, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations, has evaluation policies. Sometimes they are formal, explicit, and written; at other times they are more implicit and ad hoc principles or norms that have simply evolved over time. Evaluation policy is a critically important issue for the field and profession of evaluation. Evaluation policies profoundly affect the day-to-day work of all evaluators. Many recent and current controversies or conflicts in the field of evaluation can be viewed, at least in part, as struggles around evaluation policy. The chapters in this issue consider evaluation policy in its many and varied settings and contexts, including extensive treatment of large-scale national evaluation policy both in the United States and in Europe. The issue brings together revised and extended versions of all of the key addresses in the presidential strand of the 2008 American Evaluation Association conference, including the presidential address, plenary speeches, and expert lectures. This is the 123rd volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly thematic journal New Directions for Evaluation, an official publication of the American Evaluation Association. The journal publishes empirical, methodological, and theoretical works on all aspects of evaluation. Each issue is devoted to a single topic, with contributions solicited, organized, reviewed, and edited by a guest editor or editors. Issues may take any of several forms, such as a series of related chapters, a debate, or a long article followed by brief critical commentaries
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addressing methodological challenges

Author: American Evaluation Association

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 118

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Although environmental policy and program evaluation emerged rather late compared to many other areas of public policy, an energetic evaluation community in the environmental field has emerged during the last decade. This is a community of evaluators with diverse backgrounds in environmental sciences, social sciences, and general evaluation. Evaluation in the environmental field is characterized by complex policies and programs around wicked problems. They exist within complex systems composed of interacting environmental and socioeconomic systems. In furthering the state of evaluation in the environmental field, this issue of focuses on key methodological challenges: OL {list-style:disc} P:{margin-left 60px} time horizons scaling data credibility research designs and counterfactuals Contributors look at each challenge with two chapters, to enhance a pluralistic discourse for development of the theory and practice of environmental evaluation. The authorsfrom Australia, Europe, and North Americarepresent the diversity of the community with respect to their formal training, personal experiences, and institutional affiliations. The issue concludes with two commentaries reflecting on the discussions in relation to that of contemporary evaluation in general and a summary of the insights for the future of environmental evaluation. These chapters cumulatively hold promise for furthering the quality of evaluations not only in the environmental field but in other fields as well. This is the 122nd volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Evaluation, an official publication of the American Evaluation Association.
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